|VOL. XV.||MAY 1962||No. 9|
|J. P. ABRAHAMS||247|
|R. C. O.||248|
|SEVENTH CLUB DINNER||252|
|A MAN'S BEST FRIEND||255|
|CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING||268|
WE welcome to the Staff Mr. J. S. Anderson who joins us from Wolverhampton Grammar School; his experience as a historian and his interest in Scouting have already proved very valuable to us and we wish him every happiness here.
He replaces Dr. W. E. Wightman who joined the Staff in 1957 and has left to become Assistant Director of Examinations in the Civil Service Commission. We are in his debt for thorough and successful work in the History Department, for varied and valuable contributions to the musical life of the School, and for his advice on careers. He was an entertaining and informative guide on historical expeditions and an experienced conductor of school parties abroad. We have been glad to hear that he is happy in his new post and offer him our best wishes for his success.
Miss Ivy Hutson retired from the position of Headmaster's Secretary in March. The School will not be the same place without her ; in her forty years here she has served under five Headmasters and all members of the School have been the happier for her charm, dignity and serenity. We affectionately hope that she will have many years of happy retirement.
Presentations were made to Miss Hutson of a white leather handbag by the Prefects and a silver tea service by past and present members of the Common Room.
We congratulate T. J. Saunders of Merton College, Oxford who in November was awarded a £100 Winter Williams Prize in Law, and M. M. H. Sewell on the award of his Ph.D. by Cambridge University for research undertaken at Cambridge and in Northern Nigeria.
We regret to report the departure of Mr. C. E. Glewis, our Laboratory Technician. He came to us in 1953, but in the past two years he has suffered from much ill-health, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Mrs. H. Carr-Davies of Nakuru in Kenya Colony has given the School a cup which belonged to her husband. This cup had been presented to him as Captain of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School, 1900-1901. A suitably inscribed plinth is to be made for the cup and future Head Prefects will hold it during their year of office.
A. R. Dowling, G. M. Nosowski and P. N. Bell have been appointed Prefects, and the following Sub-prefects : M. J. Platts, E. V. Blackburn, J. R. Shutt, J. S. Pressley, B. W. Argent, J. W. Bows, P. S. Mattam, R. Ainsworth and S. A. Morant.
J. R. Topley and J. R. Bagshaw were awarded prizes in the Herbert Hughes Memorial Prize Examination of November, 1961.
We congratulate the following on their University awards:
D. H. Baldwin, Revis Exhibition in Social Administration at Nottingham University.
J. S. Beevers, Open Scholarship in Geography at Durham University.
P. N. Bell, Open Scholarship in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford.
P. H. Betts, Rayner Scholarship in Engineering at Nottingham University.
J. W. Bows, Hulme Exhibition in Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford.
N. Coope, Open Exhibition in Physics at the Imperial College of Science.
B. F. Crabtree, Hastings Exhibition in Natural Science at The Queen's College, Oxford.
B. B. Cruickshank, Robert Styring Scholarship in Mathematics at Sheffield University.
N. R. Dennis, Open Exhibition in Natural Science at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
A. R. Dowling, Open Scholarship in Natural Science at Worcester College, Oxford.
A. Foster, Open Scholarship in Modern Subjects at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
R. Gunson, Open Scholarship in Mathematics at University College, Oxford.
M. A. Hall, Open Postmastership in Classics at Merton College, Oxford.
P. M. Hetherington, Styring Scholarship in Natural Science at The Queen's College, Oxford.
P. J. Matthews, Open Postmastership in Natural Science at Merton College, Oxford.
R. Mingay, Minor Scholarship in Social Studies at Trinity College, Oxford.
H. R. Morrison, Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford.
H. S. Ogley, Open Exhibition in Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
M. Roebuck, Open Scholarship in Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford.
E. E. Styring, Revis Exhibition in Sociology at Nottingham University.
J. B. Thorpe, Minor Scholarship in Mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge.
A. R. Tong, Open Scholarship in Chemistry at Leicester University.
E. Trickett, Pemberton Scholarship in Physics at Durham University.
P. R. Whyman, Open Scholarship in Modern Languages at Keble College, Oxford.
And the following on obtaining places
OXFORD : R. N. Crookes, J. A. Cunningham St. Edmund Hall ; D. F. Evans Pembroke
; P. J. W. Grimsditch Oriel ; M. J. Grundmann New College ; M. Hulse, R. E.
Oates St. Peter's ; P. N. Kenyon Magdalen ; J. C. H. Meakin Keble ; J. Wilkinson
DURHAM : J. R. Bagshaw, A. R. Outwin, A. Pilkington, P. D. Roberts, I. R. Taylor, R. D. Walley.
LONDON : I. T. Colquhoun, M. Hill (L.S.E.) ; J. R. Topley (King's).
NOTTINGHAM : C. C. Mills, D. J. Nelson, D. G. Ollerenshaw, M. J. Richards.
KING'S COLLEGE, NEWCASTLE : K. Baxby, D. F. Butterell, P. A. Solway.
MANCHESTER : M. C. Purdy, J. L. Tym
SHEFFIELD : M. A. Collins, M. R. Edwards.
LEEDS : P. E. Hawksley, D. M. Taylor.
LEICESTER : J. R. Jacques.
LIVERPOOL : M. Worrall.
BIRMINGHAM : S. S. Birley.
SUSSEX : J. V. Laming.
LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE : C. J. Riley.
TOWARDS the end of the autumn term a reporter paid the school a brief visit, the masters were photographed, and an article on the school in a series " Great Schools of the North " appeared in the " Yorkshire Post." Generally the article was flattering, and the overall picture it gave reasonably accurate. However, it managed to rouse certain members of 6M.S. by stating that the school was free of Unilateralists, and " not worried about the Bomb." Their protest letter was printed and replied to ; but the 70% Conservative poll at the last Mock Election would seem to support the reporter's remarks.
There is a growing trend for Sixth Formers, who have been fixed up at a University, to leave at Easter to find employmentand money. In the past work at Express Dairies, and teaching at local prep. schools, have been favourites. This summer three O.E.'s will be working as hospital porters, a member of the orchestra will be playing his trombone in a Scarborough dance band, and some scientists will use their talents in the steel industry.
" YOUNG Mr. Hetherington," the Head Prefect, is a force of unflamboyant efficiency in the school. His rule from behind the typewriter has rationalised the prefectorial punishment system, (he has charted crime waves on a form basis), and produced a six page " Half-Way Report " on the Prefects' activities. He has long been known in "A" Troop for his construction of a telephone system co-ordinating a large camp-site, and involving thousands of yards of wire. The provision of an emergency electricity supply for the Prefects' room proved useful in recent blackouts. His method of safeguarding the Prefects' coffee supply had best remain unrevealed. Future plans include an electro-magnetic scoreboard gadget to provide the school with the latest Test score. After several years of head-prefects from the Arts side, Hetherington has carried out something of a scientific revolution.
Squidge-off on Saturday, 17th February at Sheffield University Union saw the match debut of the Prefects' Tiddleywinks Team. Their defeat by 9 points to 19 reflects their inexperience in professional Tiddleywinks matches. Perhaps the appeal of the game is that it has no pretentions to sportsmanship, for one of each pair of players concentrates on deliberate covering and inactivation of opponents' winks. It is hoped that further practice in the Prefects' Room will bring revenge in the return match.
MR. Philip Allen, C.B., an Old Edwardian, who is now Deputy Under-Secretary of State in the Home Office, presented the prizes at Speech Day. In a purposeful speech, addressed to the boys, he emphasised the value of education in this modern world, and hence the value of school-days. Education meant more than the mere acquiring of facts ; one gained qualities such as the art of learning, clear thinking, good use of leisure, and tolerance, and thus became equipped to live a full and happy life.
Education was important because there were greater opportunities, and responsibilities, for young men than ever before, especially as Britain still had a position of influence in the world.
Mr. Allen knew that King Edward's was making its own significant contribution educationally, and he was proud to have been a member of the School.
The Headmaster in his review of the School Year 1960-61 looked back on "a year of sound and solid progress."
It had been the best year the School had ever had for University Scholarships, and these included the highest number of awards at Oxford. It was gratifying that all subject departments had contributed to the successes.
The number of places attained at Oxford and Cambridge was also the highest so far, and it was significant that more school-leavers were going on to Universities than entering employment directly.
The G.C.E. results were of their usual high standard, and it was evident that the school was fulfilling its function as a Grammar School. Both a boy's career and his position as a balanced and thinking citizen were provided for ; hence it was essential that boys should take advantage of the School's facilities, and in particular the Headmaster emphasised the value of discussion work which could produce self-confidence.
The School had fielded the usual number of School teams, though results were only average ; and there had been an Open Day during Commonwealth Technical Training Week.
Summarising the year, the Headmaster said "We maintained our full programme of work, games and activities successfully and most usefully for yet another year."
IN November last we learned with deep regret of the sudden and unexpected death of Jonathan P. Abrahams, an Old Edwardian studying at Hatfield College, Durham.
Jon Abrahams was a boy whose quiet diffidence hid a warm-hearted and sociable nature. In school his integrity, his patience and his magnificent sense of humour were especially appreciated by his many Scout friends in "C" Troop, where he was successively Patrol Leader, Troop Leader, and Senior P/L. His career at Durham, both as a student and as an oarsman, made prospects for his future bright.
Noting his rapidly maturing outlook and his deep Christian faith, many of us looked forward to having in him a friend and companion of outstanding worth, and we extend our sympathy to his parents and friends.
IN the autumn term the Brass Group again were the first to appear in public with a distinguished contribution to the Fairthorn Show. Speech Day items were begun with a rousing performance of the R.A.F. Marchpast by the Full Orchestra, who also supported the Choir in the Finale : Vaughan Williams' arrangement of " John Barleycorn." The Madrigal Group gave two contrasted itemsan arrangement of "Strawberry Fair" and, in a more modern idiom, Kodaly's " See the Gypsies." The Nine Lessons and Carols service followed shortly at the Cathedral and was preceded by our contribution to the Carol singing outside the Cathedral at lunch-time on the day of rehearsal. One carol was complicated by the fact that a passing 'bus obliterated the sound of the pitch-pipe as far as the distant basses were concerned. We live and learn, and shall probably blow an organ pipe next time to give the note.
The Annual Schools' Concert in the City Hall saw contributions from the Madrigal Group, with madrigals by Lassus and Banchieri besides the two Speech Day pieces and a revival of Toch's Geographical Fugue for Speaking Chorus which " stopped the show " (to quote the Press) ; and from the Brass Group with a Suite by the Restoration composer, Coleman.
We press on towards our own Concert in May, with Handel's Samson as the main combined item, and, as usual, a number of smaller items. This year these include an item for a woodwind group, a heartening sign that this department, too, is coming to proficiency.
The Choir this year again numbers nearly two hundred, though we are not able to deploy this number in items which include the orchestra because a number of keen spirits belong to both bodies. Some say the Madrigal Group, 40 strong, is too bigbut keen and regular volunteers cannot be turned away. To the Orchestra, again near the 70 mark, we have welcomed Walker, J. W. Wilson, Broughton, Ramsden, L. Jenkins and Crawford (violins) ; Mr. Braunholtz, D. S. Wilkinson and Boyling (violas) ; Clarke, Beale and D. R. Skidmore ('celli) ; Lusis, N. Jenkins, Wragg and Baker (clarinets) ; and Holden (flute).
String Class and Brass tuition flourishes apace, and some instrumentalists have found time among all the activity to play chamber music together. The doings of the Music Club receive mention elsewhere. Our thanks go to all those who give time and their energies to a rich musical life.
N. J. B.
IN the heart of Victorian Kensingtonit is wedged immovably between those two stalwart and esteemed relics of the last century, the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorialis to be found, if one looks hard enough, the Royal College of Organists.
This worthy establishment is the Mecca, the ultimate goal, of all executants of the King of instruments, at home and abroad ; rare, indeed, is the organist of the most outlying village church who has not, at some time in his life, ventured to enter the gloomy portals of the R.C.O. One wonders how many have re-emerged, " despised and rejected," after their first attempt at the A.R.C.O., and how many have tried again, braving the unsympathetic examiners (and even more unsympathetic organ) finally to succeed in gaining those four precious lettersthe most coveted letters in the whole profession. To the mass of organists, anyone who has risen to obtain the diploma of Fellowwho is actually an F.R.C.O.appears as a genius, some awe-inspiring, supernatural being, to be talked of in hushed tones, in whose presence one would never dare so much as to draw an organ stop.
Whether Dickens was acquainted with the building or not, I have been unable to discover ; but there are striking similarities, in its architecture and atmosphere, with Dr. Blimber's School at Brighton. The clerk is a veritable Mr. Perch ; the examination candidate when confronted with the Board of Examiners must feel much the same as did Oliver Twist, when brought before the Workhouse Magistrates ; and one feels there ought to be a place somewhere in Dickens for the genial, boiler-suited odd-job man, who seems to be the life and soul of the place.
In spite of this Cockney comedian, the R.C.O. is not exhilarating. The drab hall furnished with hard-backed chairs and desks, the walls decorated with framed pictures of dusty Parish Churches, lit by anachronistic electric light bulbs, present a rather dreary spectacle. The enquiry office is very like a nineteenth century railway booking office, and the library, with its blazing fire, has the cosy atmosphere of a station waiting room. (It was in this very library that a certain well-known M.A.(Oxon.), Mus.B. F.R.C.O., when taking the latter examination, hastily quaffed a flask of John Haig'sto give spirit to his playingwhereupon he bounded up to the examination room and proceeded to win the Limpus prize for the highest marks).
Perhaps much of the atmosphere of the College would be lost if attempts at modernisation or redecoration were made, for it is certainly encouraging to aspirants for the A.R.C.O. to know that, in times past, men like Sir Henry Wood, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Malcolm Sargent, John Ireland, Sir William Walton, Norman J. Barnes and many other equally distinguished musicians, have breathed the same, stale air, beheld the same dismal decor, actually sat on the same organ stool and touched the same keys as they themselves are now doing.
The Royal College of Organists celebrates its centenary in two years' time. How will it face the next hundred years? It will I am sure, if it is the only institution in London to do so, succeed in carrying the spirit of Victorian England into the Twenty-First Century.
C. M. D.
BOOKS circulated during the Christmas term totalled 2,630 ; turnover for the Easter term reflected its length and rose to 2,510 volumes.
Six books are missing from the Christmas stocktaking and we were five short at the end of last term. If this is expressed as a proportion of turnover, it appears that our Aberration Quotient (or " Pilfer Factor ") this year is in the region of 0.0022. Put any other way it might not sound so good.
The following lists of losses are published as a final appeal to those unknown persons who have the books. We should like them to be returned please, however deviously.
For the year ended July, 1958: G. D. H. Cole : The Post-war Condition of Britain; M. I. Newbigin : Southern Europe; Yorkshire County Cricket Club Annual reports for 1939, 1947, 1948 (3 volumes).
For the year ended July, 1960: J. S. Bach : The B minor Mass; J. Hunter : History of Hallamshire; H. L. Heys : Chemistry Experiments at Home for Boys and Girls; (ed) Lindsay : New Cambridge Modern History, Vol.VII.; D. Ogg : England in the Reigns of James II and William III; J. B. Trend : Lorca and the Spanish Poetic Tradition; N. Brandenburg : Deutsches Hochgebirge; (Various) : Germany, the South, the West, the North; (Various) : Deutsche Dome.
Gifts are gratefully acknowledged from the following:
Mr. P. Allen, C. J. Ball, R. Bayston, G. G. Belk, M. A. Blythe, A. J. Bomber, C. J. S. Brearley, D. G. R. Brown, Mr. R. B. Chalmers, N. D. Craig, N. R. Dennis, M. R. Dungworth, P. J. Evison, P. Johnson, Mr. O. R. Johnston, A. A. Kelham, S. R. Levy, N. J. Mann, R. Miller, R. L. Morant, R. G. Scholey, A. E. Senior, C. R. J. Singleton, R. H. Smith, J. R. Topley, G. R. Tranmer, A. R. Williams, I. T. Williams, M. Worrall, I. Wright.
MUSTAPHA Bas'hatem, Khalif of the city of Eym-Khidinnu, dwelt in a noble palace, the stately columns of which shaded his brow from the noonday sun as he gazed over sloping lawns and immaculate tennis-courts towards the distant watch-towers on the southern horizon. Beside the Grove of Broom beyond the palace walls the rose still shed its petals and the Bulbul sang as it did in the days of the poet Hafiz; ; for behold, peace and prosperity attended Mustapha's reign like sunlit clouds upon the mountainpeaks promising fair weather to come. Yet, not all was well. The Great Library at the East end of the palace, whose renown stretched from Ech-el-Saul to the Cliffs of Atter, was in a terrible state. Rich scrolls and manuscripts had vanished over a period of years and further losses would leave the shelves as denuded and dusty as the fields of Ghast-el-Deyk after the locusts (0 desolation !) have departed at sunrise.
With the tiny silver bell that hung at his waist, Mustapha summoned his many Librarians into his presence. With bowed heads they harkened to his words. " The time is nigh," he said in suave and measured tones as he fingered the great ruby ring on his left hand (a sure token that lives depended on the reply he would receive), " nay, the time, I say, has come, when a Great Stocktaking is long overdue. My Library, upon which the fame of my city rests, is in your keeping, and behold the state of affairs. Fools, do something ! Varlets, scallywags, sons of warthogs, what else are you hired for ? " His voice rose from a hiss to a scream even like unto that of a circular saw in travail. Then suddenly he smiled and added blandly, " Remember how my predecessor Ashottin the Dark once dealt with this same situation. I give you three days. Get out !" He turned his back on them and stood studying the lizards on the walls ; but the Librarians remained prostrate and raised not even an eyebrow from the floor, so great was their dismay_
Within minutes the news had reached the Covered Bazaar where, as the sun climbs towards the zenith, the faithful refresh themselves through straws in milkbottles and the Sherbet and Liquorice Allsorts pass freely across the counter. There was none but who regarded his own neighbour with suspicion of having deprived the Library of its books. And, behold, this suspicion was correct, for under Mustapha's benign and merciful rule shameful advantage had been taken by many. Now the name and threat of Ashottin was in the minds of all. Had not he amused himself by having his most valuable books bound in the hides of his subjects which he had tanned himself? Were not the great presses he had used still preserved in the Tank-room on the top corridor of the palace ? Had it not been his opinion that only a diet of All-in Stew followed by Baked Sponge and Custard produced the finest-grained leathers ? For years he had permitted nothing else to be served from the palace kitchens.
After the time of prayer the criers in the cream-painted minarets at either end of the palace called out the lists of missing books to the Assembly gathered below, and the reading thereof lasted even from the third to the tenth hour. Thus passed the first day of grace granted by Mustapha.
By noon of the second day mountainous heaps of books had been left outside the great portals of the Library, as though the reeking bulldozers of the white foreigner had passed that way, and still it could not be said from whence they came, for as soon as observers were posted the accumulation ceased. Only the numerous lizards on the walls had seen. But hist ! One of these lizards, which was noticeably larger than the others, sat particularly still as he watched. The gold fillings in his teeth revealed that he was none other than Mustapha himself, who, by reversing his ruby ring, was able to take on what form he pleased and to converse in their own tongue with creatures of like shape.
By the tenth hour the Libraries announced that they had gathered in all but three books. Many of their number were weeping with exhaustion. "Aīe ! Ale !" they wailed, " Three books are still missing and they are three History books. Some Historian hath done this abominable thing." But the Librarians who remembered the days of Ashottin remained grimly reserved. They had heard the wild gusts of ghoulish mirth which would shake him as he patted, stroked, even tickled the leather backs of the books and then called each by some familiar name. Thus passed the second day of respite granted by Mustapha.
At the ninth hour of the third day the bells of the palace sounded for a Great Registration to be held in the Library itself, and hardly had their echo faded than the Khalif, enthroned beneath the Sacred Tablet of the Library, sat to review his subjects. His Vizirs and Librarians stood to the left and to the right, and between his thumb and first finger he held the key of the Library which was said to point to criminals even as the needle which seeks the North points to the pole.
Now you must know that the Khalif had found out from the conversation of the lizards that the three missing chronicles were in the possession of Meni'ur-asbad-Azzim, a palace scullion long suspected by the Chief Cook.
The procession filed past. At the tenth hour Azzim the scullion was approaching the throne on which sac Mustapha, his chin resting on his chest and his eyes closed as though in sleep. Azzim's heart was in his sandals and his eyes were on the key as it slowly turned in his direction, whether by virtue of its powers or at the bidding of Mustapha none can tell. At the same instant ten Heralds together raised trumpets and sackbuts to their lips and uttered such a blast of sound that Azzim leapt with fright ; the missing books dropped from his robes where he had held them concealed. Azzim was directly led away to toil in captivity without remission at the treadmills that raise water for the palace swimming-baths and drinking-fountains. They riveted him to a pillar and spiders and cockroaches were his only companions.
That night there was much dancing and feasting and praising of the name of Mustapha, for doth not the Prophet say (the words of whose wisdom flow on like the inexhaustible gas-wells of the desert) that the Wicked give themselves away ?
FEW went to London to devote themselves to the cause of Internationalism ; most, however, did just this. The reason ? The exceptionally high standard of all the speeches, and the furious backstage, power politics of the committees. An interesting fact about the Conference was that the best speeches came from the unlikeliest speakers, whereas the most celebrated, a Russian attaché and Lord Gladwyn, proved the most tedious and doctrinnaire, though the latter did inform one questioner from K.E.S. that his ideas were " dotty " !
Despite the attractions of Westminster Hall, which were enhanced by a two-to-one female majority, everyone managed to secure some relaxation, ranging from the films " Doctor in the Village " and " Lola " (much to be recommended if ever they reach the Wicker) to Mr. Finney, and " Luther," the International Concert (two hours of folk dancing punctuated by a Steel Band, and Robin Hall and Jimmy Macgregor), and a Branch meeting of the Communist Party.
The star of the show was Mr. Lawson, the C.E.W.C. secretary ; he managed to convert even the most innocent announcements into something faintly naughty and hilarious ; everyone will look back on him with nostalgia. Indeed, the subtle blending of earnestness, fun, and the Spartan cheerfulness of Holland House Youth Hostel will make many wish they were going again next year ; but others will take their places, and only the memory will remain.
P. N. B.
A party of 13 boys and one master left Sheffield on Friday, 13th February, for a visit to London. The first port of call was the Ford Motor Works at Dagenham, where we were able to see tractor production and foundry work in progress. Surviving the return journey through the rush hour, we arrived at the hostel exhausted. One of the boys forgot his exhaustion when he found that a French visitor had taken over his bed and the ensuing discussion showed that Britain's entry into the Common Market will not be easy.
On Saturday, we visited the Tower and learnt why the famous ravens do not fly away and how to remember the matrimonial history of Henry VIII. Visits in the afternoon ranged from Stamford Bridge to the Planetarium. A performance of " Twelfth Night " at the Old Vic in the evening was thoroughly enjoyed but it was generally agreed that the theatre needs some new seats.
At County Hall, the headquarters of the London County Council, we learnt about their work and also heard their views on the Government's proposals for the reorganisation of local government in the London area. On Monday afternoon, the party visited the Stock Exchange and was surprised by the rather strange behaviour of some of its members. A visit to Lloyd's Overseas Branch followed, where the machinery and foreign currency were of particular interest. One of the party was so interested in a xerographic copying machine that his detailed examination of it managed to put it out of action.
The following day was occupied by a talk at the Board of Trade, which was very informative as was the traditional tour of the Palace of Westminster conducted by Mr. Mulley, M.P. for Park. After lunch, we attended question time and heard part of the report stage of the Commonwealth Immigration Bill. The party was fortunate also in hearing Mr. Lloyd's enlightening statement on government over-spending.
The party returned to Sheffield that night, having learnt much about government and business in Britain. We thank Mr. Robinson for his hard work in organising a very entertaining and interesting trip.
J. R. G., D. G. P.
LOOSENING my grip on a rope of knotted sheets, and landing intact on the cobbles of Merton Street early in the morning after the night before marked the end of a memorable occasion.
One of the functions of the Seventh Clubformed by the eighty or so Old Edwardians in Oxfordis the Annual Dinner, held this year on 16th February. After meeting over sherry at Queen's, members and guests, Mr. Hemming, Mr. Henry (formerly Senior Classics Master) and myself, crossed the High Street from which the formidable rush-hour traffic had by then subsided, to the Eastgate Hotel. Following an excellent meal, John Bainbridge, the President, introduced the toasts and speeches.
" Our visitor from the other place over the fens," C. J. Barnes proposed the toast to the School, to which I replied on behalf of the School. The warm hospitality and friendly interest in the School which had greeted us and was sustained through the evening made my mission far easier and more enjoyable than I had anticipated. In reply to " Our Guests," Mr. Hemming assured us that the habits and sayings of the staff and boys had suffered no serious changes, and amused us with a series of genuine Edwardian schoolboy howlers. Speaking in a more serious vein, Mr. Henry looked back on his days at K.E.S., And praised some of the Old Edwardians he had met since.
At 19o.15 p.m. we returned to Queen's for informal refreshment and exchange of information about Old Boys in Oxford and those of us still at School. Talking until 1.30 a.m. in a College whose gates are locked at midnight led to the unscheduled emergency exit.
In conclusion, I should like to thank the Old Boys for their impressive hospitality on this occasion, which reminded me that the K.E.S. spirit survives with vigour far beyond the precincts of the School where it originated.
P. M. Hetherington.
TROOP strength has now reached thirty-two, our ideal number for four patrols, recruits arriving steadily, rather than in the usual heavy influx at the beginning of Autumn Term.
Welcome visits and suggestions from the Assistant District Commissioner and ex-members of the Troop have led to widely varied programmes for the weekly meetings, and left us with ideas for future use. Although these meetings have attracted good attendances, increasing numbers of outdoor activities are well supported. Patrol camps in the snow at half-term in February, and various hikes by day and night have all been successful.
Arrangements for Troop camps are well in hand, and we hope soon to give our new members a vision of camp life by showing slides and photographs of past camps. Whit week will see us on a secluded riverside site near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire, whilst in summer we shall spend two weeks in and around Cheddar, Somerset.
R. M. Treeby, one of our Assistant Scout-masters, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the newly formed Rivelin District of the Sheffield City Association. We have recently welcomed three new A.S.M. 's, Roger Laughton, Philip Hetherington and Michael Fletcher, all of whom have had experience as boys in the Troop.
R. J. Holder.
Mr. Langrish performed his last official duty with us at Summer Camp last year. Camping on a cliff top site in North Wales within easy reach of the sea, most of our Scouts went bathing every day, and this gave the camp a holiday atmosphere.
During Autumn Term we missed the presence of a Scoutmaster and the senior members of the Troop who had just left us, but managed to carry on satisfactorily under the careful guidance of Troop Leader J. Mould, Quarter-masters P. Bower and C. Hinsley and Rover Scout J. D. Wood. Difficulties came to an end after Christmas, when we welcomed our new Scoutmaster, Mr. J. S. Anderson, who helped the Troop to go ahead with new ideas and more interesting activities.
The Seniors, Patrol Leaders, and Seconds have enjoyed two weekends in a chalet at Alport Towers in Derbyshire. A third expedition at Christmas had to be called off because the chalet was buried under snow drifts.
The new Patrol Leaders have encouraged a high standard in badge work, and are planning camps for their patrols at Easter. This year's Troop camps are planned for Newstead Abbey at Whitsuntide, and Mevagissey at midsummer.
D. G. Elliott is leaving England for two years' service with the R.A.E.C. in Cyprus. He is giving up his warrant as Assistant Scout-master which he has held for over six years. His cheerful presence will be greatly missed and we wish him all success. We are very grateful for all he has done for the Troop, and in particular for his running of camps.
The present shortage of Senior Scouters in the Group and the consequent difficulty of arranging Troop meetings has placed the responsibility for progress on the Scouts themselves. It is gratifying to see several accepting the challenge. And working steadily for their Queen's Scout badge.
Notable Troop activities have been a Table Tennis tournament, a " map and compass " expedition to Derbyshire followed by a meal cooked in backwoodsman fashion and a treasure hunt, a visit to a meeting of the Sheffield City Council, and an evening talk on Tibet given by an Old Edwardian, E. O. Skinner, Esq., and illustrated by his own film.
The end of Lent Term saw the inauguration of a new programme for Seniors. We have now enlisted the help of a few more members of the School Staff and hope to be able to provide a weekly Troop meeting in the future. The programme was opened by Messrs. V. A. Vout and J. S. Anderson, who organised a night-hike with " incidents." Although this was scheduled to end at 3 a.m., it was well supported, and its success augurs well for the ambitious activities planned for next term.
IT was the end of October. As often happens the last few days of the month were like early days in spring ; gentle air with the sunlight threading through the nearly bare branches. A few crisp leaves, with the curves of delicate wrought iron work, clung and rustled in the slight movement of air.
At M. Yon's farm, the year's apples were stacked dankly against the wall held in place by wire netting ; leaves from the trees around the yard were scattered on them.
It was already late to make cider and if the mobile cider press didn't come soon the apples would begin to rot in the rain and early frosts. In farms all over Normandy it was the same tale, " When will the cider press come ? "
However, M. Yon was quite happy. The Government Licensed Distiller for the Calvados had come and that was a relief. M. Yon has blue eyes but apart from that he has been left no characteristics by the original Norse men. He is a small man, always dressed in blue denim trousers and jacket which make his puffed red face seem redder than ever.
The distiller stood gauntly in the yard by the open barn door. Paul Yon once laughingly described it to me as looking like a guillotine. Since the distiller produces alcohol at 8o% he is not very wrong : cider, which has been in the big vats for two years, is poured into the distiller, turned to steam, cooled and finally it drips slowly out of a thin bent copper pipe.
The owner of the state licensed distiller, M. Vigneaud, had a moustache. He had a nice leather jacket and wellingtons instead of wooden clogs like M. Yon. He wasn't richer but M. Yon was always frightened that if he or his family dressed too well or made the house look nice, the Comte, who owned the farm, would put up the rent.
" The police are pretty keen this year," said M. Vigneaud, bending down to push thin logs further into the furnace under the distiller.
" Yes " said M. Yon, shortly, his red face looking down at the roaring square of fire through the furnace door. He hoped M. Vigneaud would continue.
" They've been to Benneteau's, Montin's and a farm over the other side of Argenteuil looking for illegal distillers. They've got a dog. Alsatian. They say it can smell a distiller a mile away. They found illegal distillers hidden under barn floors and all that."
" Found all that did they? What'll happen?" said M. Yon still looking at the fire, now flicking out of the iron opening.
" Oh, a fine, I expect and the loss of all the Calvados they have made."
M. Yon shrugged, "It's understandable that people want to make it themselves because the state distiller costs so much in taxes. Up to 10 litres, it's O.K. but after that, the taxes are impossible."
" You only want 10 litres doing don't you, M. Yon ? "
" 10 Litres," said M. Yon, now turning to look up at the sky, to the thin, pale blue through the stark twigs of the trees.
M. Yon seemed a bit awkward so he moved away as if to go and check the cider or the way the bottles were being filled up with Calvados in the shed.
The owner of the distiller, M. Vigneaud, glanced after him but didn't question anything ; he saw too many different folk to be always wondering why they did things.
At this moment I came into the village of Sevigny ; it is hardly a village at all ; there is a church and next to it the school and M. Yon's farm and on the other side of the church, a row of three houses, one a Cafe and the further one turned into a barn. That is Sevigny.
Seeing M. Yon going into the barn and seeing the distiller at work I decided to go and say, "Bonjour " and take the chance of looking at a distiller at close quarters. Walking through the gate the dog shot out of its kennel with a vicious growl but was stopped with a throat bruising jerk a yard from the path.
M. Yon turned and seeing me, he grinned. " Morning," he called out, in his voice which carried through to the other side of the forest. " Well, are you taking a walk ? " He paused. " Come on in and take a noggin."
M. Yon had never been as unrestricted as this. I glanced at the owner of the distiller who said "Bonjour " with a curious look.
I followed M. Yon into the big kitchen. The room had big proportions and the fireplace, too, had once been a much more aristocratic affair. Now all that end wall was blackened from a turquoise stove with red pans on it which stood in the dark corner.
Old M. Yon was sleeping in a chair, his clogs and his hat still on and his flyhole open, as is common with old men. His big crinkly hands still gripped the arms of the chair.
" You'll take a noggin then ? " said M. Yon, unstopping a giant decanter on the table and reaching for a glass from the far end of the table near Grandfather Yon.
"Thank you ! Thank you ! Thank you !" I said, but as it's the custom to say that anyway M. Yon filled my glass to the top.
I hate Calvados ; one teaspoonful is enough to make an Englishman drunk and later sick and here I had a glassful !
M. Yon seemed very nervous. His son Paul, a thinner version of M. Yon, went past the door and up the stairs.
" HEOH ! Paul ! You heard what ? " said M. Yon, " Benneteau's, Montins and a farm t'other side of Argenteuil have been raided by the police. They say they've got a dog which can ferrit anything out."
I didn't follow this well because they spoke in local dialect. The son, Paul Yon, hadn't noticed me, they both went out and through the back door into the garden.
What on earth could I do with the great glassful of Calvados ? Could I pour it anywhere ? In any case it would be fatal to grate a chair and wake Grandfather Yon up, who, admittedly, seemed to be in deep sleep, occasionally jerking with too deep an intake of breath. The fire ? The window ? Neither was possible.
At this moment the Yon's dog hurtled out of its kennel again just as if shot out of a cannon at a circus. Somebody was coming up the path. They were speaking to the owner of the distiller.
" M. Yon, M. Yon. You're wanted!"
M. Yon and his son clomped in from the back garden, down the stone passage and out to see who had come. As they went out a big Alsatian dog came in, trotting lightly through the door, dropping its head to the ground, taking a quick scent. He stopped, saw me, and seemed to smell the Calvados in my hand.
" Hello, hello," I said, patting his broad, thick furred head with a mixture of liking for animals and nervousness of this one.
But he looked steadfastly at the glass of Calvados as a cat watches its milk being prepared.
Could it be that the dog would drink some of it ? I glanced at Grandfather Yon. He didn't seem to have moved ; outside the voices continued and got no nearer. I held the full glass down to the level of my knee. The dog began to drink, its long tongue coming out and going in like one of those red paper Christmas whistles which unroll as you blow. I let him lick the last drop as a mark of affection and put the glass on the table. Grandfather hadn't moved, no one knew, and I felt much better.
The voices now came nearer. Someone whistled and the dog went out of the room. I decided it wouldn't be impolite to go and see who it was and say " Bonjour."
I came to the front door and stood on the stone step looking down into the yard. It was the police. But nobody looked up. The three policemen in their dark blue uniforms with shiny leather straps and stumpy cylindrical hats were looking at the Alsatian. M. Yon and Paul Yon, a little behind them, looked quite lost and obviously didn't follow the events. But, they all stared at the dog.
"Go on, boy, Go on ! Have a look round!" said the Sergeant bending, his hands on the knees of his well creased trousers.
The dog looked at him unflinchingly, then, he turned his head slowly to the right, he lifted his left foot up and put it over his right as if to turn but his right foot didn't move. For a moment he stood in this position swaying slightly. There was silence in the yard. Suddenly the great dog flopped down with such a thud that the breath gusted from its chest. He tried to get up once but only rolled onto his back with his legs weakly bent in the air.
The Sergeant rushed to him. " What is it boy ? What is it ? What's wrong with him Here ! Help me lift him up, we'd better get him to the station and get a vet to him ! "
The police van tore out of the drive and away through the village.
M. Yon and Paul and the owner of the distiller stood, without moving. No one noticed Grandfather come to the kitchen window.
"Hee! Hee! Hee! " he pealed, his eyes quite lost in his head. " Hee! Hee-ee! " and the tears ran down the wrinkles of his face and into the hollow dark gap of his mouth.
" What is it ? What are you laughing at Grandfather ? " yelled M. Yon, still bewildered by the visit of the police and its danger to him and the strange action of the dog.
" L'Anglais! L'Anglais! " gasped Grandfather, clinging to the window sill, " he gave the glass of Calva' to the dog and it . . . Hee! Heee! "
" Good Lord, M. Wright ! ! The dog? " and they both looked towards me and at M. Vigneaud and roared and beat their thighs with fat red hands.
"Allez Vigneaud ! Venez prendre un verre avec nous ! " So, we all went inside.
Mr. Wright sent us this article from France where he teaches English at Puy-de-Dome.
He left King Edward's in 1955 to go to the Slade School of Fine Art.
THE year has been one of contrasts ; there have been a few successful meetings, which attracted comparatively large audiences, and several which, although well-prepared and well-delivered, were greeted by almost complete apathy, which even increased publicity has failed to dispel. The conclusion to be drawn from the attendance figures seems to be that the conventional type of S.C.M. group will never flourish in this school, for the meetings which were best attended were those which were not strictly religious in content. The Brains Trustan annual featurecomprising four members of staff, was particularly well-attended ; but by far the largest audiencefor various reasonsappeared at a joint meeting with the Girls' High School, at which two guest speakers most ably described the Park Hill flats as a social experiment.
Nevertheless, S.C.M. must become neither a clique of religious conformists nor a social discussion group. What it must try to doin which it has failed this yearis to attract atheists and agnostics who are prepared to defend their views, as well as Christians. The introduction of prayers need not deter them ; they do not forfeit lunch because grace is said.
The regional conference was held this year at Unstone Grange, but attended by only two boys from King Edward VII School ; it is hoped that more will go next year. Support from the fourth and fifth forms at all meetings has been abysmal. In case they have not troubled to find out, S.C.M. stands for Student Christian Movement.
Mr. Vout and all those who have contributed to any meetings are thanked for their efforts, which deserved a better response.
The group's declared intention is " to further the knowledge of the scriptures among its members." Regular meetings have been held every Thursday at lunch-time for Bible study. Apart from these one or two extra meetings have been held. In September one of the series of " Fact and Faith " films, " Windows of the Soul " was shown ; also in the autumn the group invited the Rev. A. B. Martin, travelling secretary of the Inter-Schools Christian Fellowship, to which the group is affiliated, to come and speak about " Basic Christianity." This meeting was badly attended owing to its being held after school instead of at the usual time.
From time to time the studies have provoked very vigorous discussion on basic topics and as a result two special meetings were held at which the basic truths about God and man were argued out.
The group is open to fourth forms (as well as fifth and sixth) and more fourth formers would be welcome. Membership has remained at a moderate level but perhaps there are only a few who wish to learn more from the Bible.
The group's sincere thanks for their help go to Mr. Johnston and Mr. Hall and to R. Mingay, our retiring chairman who has been with the group for three-and-a-half years and has been a great support.
SENIOR.The best debate of the season took place at the end of the Spring term when the Society was kindly invited to a joint debate with the Girls' High School on the motion of nuclear disarmament. The main speakers' arguments, which ranged between investigations into our animal ancestry and little short of Fascist propaganda, were followed by equally amusing, if often equally extreme views from the floor. It was concluded that " this house " did not want to see Britain adopt a policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament, though all but one gentleman agreed that total disarmament must somehow be achieved.
From other meetings it would seem that "this house" is also in favour of pop-music, would draw the line, and looks forward to 1984, but is opposed to Civil Disobedience.
A more ambitious venture was a tape-recorded reading of lonesco's " The Bald Prima Donna," which left a puzzled smile on the faces of those who attended.
Although the speakers might find it more encouraging if attendances were even larger, the quality of some speeches, especially those in the final debate, shows the health of the society.
We must congratulate M. A. Hall and P. N. Bell who spoke particularly well in the regional round of the Public Schools' Debating Association competition at St. Peter's, York, and were placed second, Ampleforth, as usual, being the winners.
MIDDLE.The Society has held seven meetings during the two terms, all being well-supported by members of the Middle School. The programme began as usual with a competitive speaking contest and this was followed by two Discussions on the topical subjects of Strike Action and Bingo. A programme of Literary Readings followed, and the Christmas term ended with a satire on television programmes, written and produced by members of the Committee. In January a session of Any Questions followed by Any Answers was heard, and in February an examination, on the lines of " Which," was made into boys' reading material. The term was concluded by a production of " The Fall of Lucifer " taken from a Miracle Play.
JUNIOR.Our first meeting, an inter-form quiz, was won by 2(2) who beat 2(1), thus helping 2(1) to maintain their record of never winning this competition. Next, the house rejected a motion that money spent on space travel was money wasted, after a lively debate had evoked some ingenious arguments. At the third meeting members had to " talk their way out of " various absurd situations in which they were placed. Members decided that Burkinshaw 2(2) had provided the most entertaining and plausible two minutes' worth. A mock trial saw Freeman's guilt established to the satisfaction of a packed jury ; he was sentenced to crawl the length of the L.L.R. A second debate, " that science has done more harm than good," was poorly attended, and the oratory was of variable quality ; too often the speakers merely repeated the same points in different words. Finally a quiz was held in which teams were selected from those members present : Cross 1(1) led his team to a well-merited victory.
OF six meetings held throughout the year, perhaps the most vigorous was the discussion on " Immigration " between R. E. Oates and E. E. Styring. Oates supported the government checks on immigration in so far as this embodied a drain on an already moribund economy. Styring attacked Oates on the grounds of inaccuracy rather than prejudice : the competition resultant from increased immigration would invigorate the British economy. Styring maintained that it would be a test of the British character to see if it could conquer the evil of colour prejudice. The house was very much divided on this controversial subject, and there was a great deal of after-discussion.
There have also been very interesting and diverse talks on " The Wage Pause " (P. E. Hawksley and I. T. Colquhoun), " Comprehensive Schools" (R. S. Letch and D. A. Ogden), "Take-overs and Mergers " (R. Mingay), " Modern Trends in Advertising " (J. C. H. Meakin) and in addition a Question and Answer Forum on the Common Market.
Once again our gratitude is due to Mr. Robinson and Mr. Phillips for their organisation and support of the Society, and to J. S. Beevers for his adept chairmanship.
CLASSICISTS are traditionally supposed to have their heads in the clouds ; this year the saying came true when a party of both Classicists, and non-Classicists went to Cambridge to attend a performance of Aristophanes' " Clouds " in Greek. The play was excellently produced, though all ancient conventions, such as masks and traditional costumes, were abandoned. The only major weakness was the Chorus, whose knowledge of Greek was not only questionable, but who dropped unison recitation in favour of choral singing, and dialogue. No one, however, who went on that trip will deny how enjoyable it was.
This society is particularly fortunate in the wealth of talent on which it can draw. Fascinating talks have been given on Comparative Philology (Mr. A. G. Jones) ; Textual Criticism (N. P. A. Jowett) and Ancient Oratory (P. J. W. Grimsditch). The most successful meeting, numerically, of the of the year was when M. A. Hall and P. R. Whyman discussed the handling of the Hippolytus legend by Euripides, and Racine. This last meeting, and the trip to Cambridge, illustrate that the society needs to and can attract not merely classicists, but non-specialists also.
THE Autumn term was begun by a talk on Roman superstition by C. I. Wright. This was followed by a game of " Concentration," and a talk by Dr. Jameson on Ancient Greece. The term ended with a programme of Roman songs.
In the Spring term Mr. Cowan was succeeded by Dr. Jameson, and the first meeting took the form of a manuscript reading and writing competition, the audience being forced to copy manuscripts under pressure the errors thus produced were remarkable. For the second meeting Dr. Jameson gave a lecture on Ancient Astronomy. Three Greek provided the third and fourth meetings, with a talk on Greek Mythology and a game of classical " What's my line ? "
The membership, though it has increased, is still drawn mainly from the Junior School ; more support from the Middle School would be welcome therefore, so that the Society might be made more truly representative.
IN pursuance of a committee decision to open meetings to the third and fourth forms, rather than start a separate junior society, and to have a more broadly based programme, this year's meetings have had great variety, with talks by Mr. Bramhall on " Existentialism," " Wagner " by Mr. Johnston, " Experiences in Contemporary Russia " by C. J. Barnes, an Old Edwardian, " French Impressionists " by S. A. Morant, the " French Chanson," or pop-music by S. A. Gunn and gastronomic enlightenment on French cheeses by D. D. Jones and German wines by J. Cawthorne. Existentialist philosophy and its literary expression aroused unexpected interest and so two works by Sartre, " Morts sans Sepulture " and " Les Mains Sales" were chosen for play-reading sessions.
As usual with talks of such wide range, the material provided occasionally exceeded the time available and some breathless condensation was required towards the end, but all the lecturers were infectious in their enthusiasm, informative and with rich illustrative material, much appreciated, not least the French cheeses! C. J. Barnes' talk was of particular interest. He had spent three weeks of the summer vacation in Russia on a visit organised by the National Youth Association. His display of colour slides and specimen Russian posters was excellent. He found the usual contrast between the virulence and crudity of the political propaganda and the warmth and charm of ordinary Russian people.
We hope that the committee's policy will commend itself to the middle school and that the subjects chosen will meet with their approval. Suggestions will be welcomed by W. D. Wilson of 4A or J. R. Beale of 3A, the middle school Committee representatives.
THE I.D.G. Is a forum for the discussion of current affairs. In the last two terms our programme has been topical and varied. Our main speakers have usually been good, our audiences often large, but discussion has rarely been lively. Of course, the bell for second sitting has often cut us short, but there have been two disappointments this year : the absence at our meetings both of scientists and members of the second year Sixth. Economists have predominated, particularly among those who have spoken in discussion. A few regulars often did all the talking, which meant that many were denying themselves a valuable opportunity to practise speaking in public.
Apart from our Tuesday meetings, large numbers have attended lunch-hour lectures in the city and twelve boys went to the Christmas Conference of the C.E.W.C., To which the School is affiliated. We thank Mr. Robinson for his energetic support and Foster for his shrewd and lively chairmanship.
Our eight meetings have provided exhilaration and disappointment. Exhilaration at the consistently high standard of the offeringsoutstanding were Edwards' original and penetrating commentary on his own poems, and the reading of poetry to jazz. (Betjeman and the Temperance Seven were the most surprising bedfellows). Disappointment that while Baldwin on the lyrics of popular songs drew an attendance of over fifty, more serious talks attracted only about a dozen. It has, however, been encouraging that a large number of boys have contributed, either with readings or comment.
PERHAPS the most outstanding event in the Music Club's Autumn Term programme was a talk by Miss Jacqueline Williams, of the Grange Grammar School, on " The FluteIts History and Music." Miss Williams' thorough knowledge of all aspects of the instrument, and her skill as a performer, were shown to the full on this occasion ; and her fluent style and ready wit made for a talk which was enthralling to flautists and non-flautists alike. On a similar occasion this term, Mr. Philip Lord, of the University, a most accomplished pianist, made an admirable survey of the piano repertoire.
The attendance at these two talks showed beyond doubt that this is the type of programme attractive not only to specialists, but to those with a general interest in music. It is desirable that future contributors to the Music Club should make some extra effort in the preparation of their subject, and try to break away from the tradition of merely playing records, or reading off a few hastily compiled notes. Surely there must be among the School's numerous musicians many possessing a favourite topic on which they are equipped to speak at length?
The standard of the live concerts has generally been much better, indicating a greater amount of preparation, and the customary talent from the First Form has been of a higher order than usual.
One element in the Music Club is Mr. Barnes' indefatigable energy, which has again been in evidence, though during his unfortunate illness early last term, Mr. Braunholtz proved a most efficient and enthusiastic deputy.
The society has been in existence for roughly ten years. During this time it has saved the ratepayer several hundred pounds in apparatus besides increasing the scope of experiments. The society meets on Friday evenings after school and is principally concerned with the design and construction of new apparatus, and the improvement of old. Members are also able to perform experiments which are too difficult, or take too long for normal school work.
One of the attractions of the society is the variety of work which can be done. Members can try their skill at both wood and metal-work in the well-equipped, and usually over-populated, workshop ! Ingenuity could well be the motto of the society. A good example of this is the ripple-tank which was built by the members. Waves are set up in a clock glass containing water, by an electrical vibrator. A revolving card with holes provides a flashing light. The water in the two clock glasses focuses the image of the waves on to a screen. When the rate of flashing of the light is correctly adjusted, the waves appear to move very slowly or to remain stationary. This apparatus, which would cost about £5o to buy, was built for less than £3, and provides a very useful demonstration of all the effects displayed by light waves. Other completed projects include a multipurpose electrical bridge, a Boyle's law apparatus, and an electrometer.
The completed work of the last year includes a standard sonometer, which provides an absolute standard of frequency, and works by the vibration of a wire, bearing alternating current, between the poles of a magnet. A current balance will soon be completed and will provide an absolute standard of current by measuring the force between two coils bearing a current. It is also hoped that a Van der Graaf generator, which was useful to the progress of atomic physics, will be in operation before the end of the school year. Work is also being done on the prospects of measuring the charge and mass of an electron.
These examples show the most interesting aspects of the society's work. Apart from the financial considerations, home made equipment has the advantage that it can be built to individual specifications and also provides greater satisfaction to the user. This work also provides an insight into the work of the great scientific pioneers who also had numerous initial problems to contend with.
Much of the credit for the achievements of the society must go to Mr. Mace, who has devoted much time and thought to devising and advising. The success of the numerous projects can be attributed to his inspiration and the work of the members. In this way, the society is helping to provide facilities outside the range of normal school activities and making easier the teaching of physics in the School.
The society has held nine meetings during the past two terms, and has been able to rely on a select and interested group of boys. Last term, talks were given by boys from the sixth form, P. A. Solway speaking on nucleic acids and S. J. Harston about the ear. We were also fortunate in having two visiting speakers–Dr. Miller, of the Department of Radiotherapy, who gave a fascinating account of the use of isotopes in medicine, and kindly invited us to look round his department on the last day of term; the other visiting speaker was Dr. Dunsford of the National Blood Transfusion Service, who read an extremely lively and instructive paper on human blood groups.
In the first meeting of this term, N. R. Dennis gave an absorbing lecture based on some of his own work on photosynthetic bacteria. Biology still offers a very large choice of original work of this kind which does not require apparatus so complicated or expensive that it cannot be carried out in school, and more of us should make use of this opportunity. Later in the term, J. R. Levick and K. Baxby gave talks on viruses and cancer, and M. Worrall on veterinary science. One meeting was devoted to films on biological topics.
Finally, we owe our thanks to all those who have given their time for the society, and especially to Dr. Head, without whom it would not exist.
The society has had its most successful year so far, with a record membership of over forty. The dark room was in constant use almost every dinner-time, and work of a reasonable quality was done. Last term we bought our own projection screen and this term we have just bought a new enlarger, which should relieve the pressure, often heavy, on our present one. Some Kodachrome group work has already been started.
During the spring term Mr. G. Bryant of Sheffield University visited us, and demonstrated black and white copying, using new processing materials. This looked easy when carried out by Mr. Bryant, but when we tried to do it ourselves, we found it harder than we expected to obtain similar results.
A party of twenty senior members paid a visit to the Sheffield Telegraph. After only a few minutes, a teleprinter message welcoming us came from Middlesborough. We were fascinated by the various stages of newspaper production, and amazed at the massive machinery required. We had our names set in type and presented to us ; we goggled at the reproduction in a few seconds of a photograph, and were impressed by equipment in the photographic department. We are very grateful to the guides and the Company for going to so much trouble for us.
Our officers this year have worked efficiently and loyally, often in their own time. We congratulate P. M. Hetherington upon being Secretary of the society and Head Prefect.
Early in the Autumn Term this new society was formed with the object of regularly presenting films of a scientific nature. The Society has flourished and attendances have been very good. Membership has unfortunately had to be restricted to Five and Six Science, as the capacity of the LLR is limited.
Films have usually been of a general nature, such as " The Twilight Forest," describing the development of the timber industry in Nigeria. Man's fight against disease has been vividly featured in " War Under the Microscope," an I.C.I. film about the conquest of Malaria, and an alarming " Shell " film, " Unseen Enemies," showing the causes and gruesome effects of some diseases.
Industry has not been neglected and several films about Oil and Steel have been presented. Cartoon films, explaining graphically the methods and reasons behind the processes seen in other films, are in abundance. " Steel " and " Refinery at Work " are two of the films shown.
We have presented some more basically scientific films. Our first film, " Mirror in the Sky," described early radio discoveries and explained the reasons for the behaviour of radio waves on the Earth. " The Spectrograph " showed the principle of the Spectrometer, the reasons for the forming of spectra and the many and varied uses of the spectrograph. An amusing cartoon, " Man in Space," showed some of the dangers of space-travel. Back on Earth some of the wonders of the time-lapse camera were unfolded in " The Hidden Eye."
An outstanding social science documentary " We are the Lambeth Boys " was well worth seeing. It described a typical forty-eight hours in the life of some South London teenagers. Music by Johnny Dankworth combined with some first-rate camera-work to produce one of the best films so far shown.
It will be seen that films have been chosen to try to suit all tastes. However, in the choice of film your opinions are invaluable, and constructive criticism is always welcomed by committee members. The efforts of Mr. Hall in beginning, running and advertising the Society are greatly appreciated.
The Club's membership was fifty in the first weeks of the Autumn term, but it fell sharply to about half this number. The standard of play has not been very high, and the custom of playing the same opponents continually, common especially in the first two forms, has not done much to improve it. These players should try to play other opponents, including stronger players, for this will improve the standard. A knock-out tournament was held to expand the various players' scope, but the small number of games played by the majority of the entrants did not achieve this end. Perhaps a system of dividing the Chess Club into groups of six or seven, in which everybody played everybody else, would have greater effect.
The number of players in the upper forms is very small, so that the team has had to incorporate boys from the third form upwards, who at first had insufficient experience for consistent play on the higher boards, which are normally occupied by boys in the fifth and sixth forms. The season started badly for the team, but, after a few changes and some practice, the standard of play and the results improved, so that although this season it has gained only eight points from the first twelve matches, it has a reasonable chance for next year, when the best players from other schools have left. So provided the team receives co-operation from the older members, next year should produce a more satisfactory set of results.
Results for the season are: Played, 12 ; Won, 3 ; Drawn, 2 ; Lost, 7.
During the past two terms, there has been a considerable increase in the quantity and quality of middle and lower school players, and all Saturday morning meetings have been well attended. For these meetings, we have had good luck as far as the weather is concerned, but still only a few models survive each meeting in one piece.
The only indoor meeting held, was half way through the Easter term, when J. S. Pressley gave an enlightening talk on 19 • 5 cc. combat models. The influence of this meeting may well appear in the next crop of models.
THE first XI has not had a very successful season, although it has been an enjoyable one for the team, if not for the spectators. The bare records show that more matches were lost than won, but this is a somewhat unfair picture of the team's ability. Indeed, if team spirit and courage alone could score goals, we would have recorded many more victories. The main weakness, however, has undoubtedly been the lack of size and weight in the team. This has led to our defeat at the hands of bigger teams, such as Chesterfield G.S. When there was, in fact, little discrepancy between the comparative skills of the two sides. Furthermore, our endeavour to play the 4-2-4 formation at the beginning of the season failed because we lacked mobility and physical strength. This, therefore entailed a reversion to a more orthodox formation midway through the season, which naturally affected any attempt to formulate a co-ordinated team.
Individually, however, some fine players have been produced in the first XI. The find of the season has undoubtedly been Cockroft, who, until he broke his ankle playing at Grimsby in January, was a mainstay of the defence. He proved himself to be strong in the tackle, good in the air and a player who refused to be beaten. His kicking was sure, and he must be a fine prospect for the 1st XI in the two next seasons. The other outstanding players in defence were three "old-stagers," Foster, McAughey and Solway. In goal, Foster showed himself to be fearless and very safe, and we wish him the best of luck in University soccer. At half-back, McAughey and Solway provided the power and strength which all teams need to command a game. On the whole, therefore, the defence has been sound, although somewhat inclined to clear the ball slowly after an attack by the opposition.
The forward line, however, has lacked the necessary skill and co-ordination to score goals. Its composition has never remained settled for any length of time, and so there has been no effective co-operation between the individual members. Blake has proved himself to be a fine asset to the side, with a good shot, but he must learn to part more quickly with the ball when launching an attack. Wesley, too, has played some intelligent games, often being the schemer of the attack and providing numerous opportunities for his colleagues.
The season, therefore, has been very mixed. In the last game of the Autumn term, we defeated Mansfield 8-0, but in the first game of the next term, a 2-8 defeat was suffered at the hands of High Storrs. Throughout the season, however, the spirit of the team has remained high, and our thanks go to Mr. Cowan and Mr. Bray for their interest and helpful advice, both at practices and in refereeing home matches.
Wileman has neglected to mention his own considerable contribution, which was twofold ; he showed that at centre-forward, given support, he had the skill to score goals, and, as a captain, he provided encouragement, stability and sound judgment.
G. H. C.
Played 23, Won 6, Drawn 3, Lost 14, Goals for 36, against 62.
|v.||Abbeydale G.S.||(Home), lost||1-3|
|v.||Manchester G.S.||(Away), lost||0-2|
|v.||De La Salle||(Away), won||3-2|
|v.||Old Edwardian||(Home), lost||1-2|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S.||(Away), lost||0-3|
|v.||Bolton G.S.||(Away), lost||0-4|
|v.||High Storrs G.S.||(Home), lost||1-3|
|v.||Mexborough G.S.||(Home), won||3-0|
|v.||Bootham School||(Away), lost||0-1|
|v.||Manchester G.S.||(Home), drew||0-0|
|v.||Old Edwardian||(Home), lost||0-6|
|v.||Mansfield G.S.||(Away), won||8-1|
|v.||F. I. Parker's XI||(Home), lost||1-4|
|v.||High Storrs G.S.||(Away), lost||0-8|
|v.||Huddersfield New College||(Home), won||4-1|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S.||(Home), lost||0-7|
|v.||Grimsby Winteringham G.S.||(Away), drew||2-2|
|v.||Sheffield Falcons||(Home), lost||0-1|
|v.||Firth Park G.S.||(Home), won||6-3|
|v.||City G.S.||(Away), drew||2-2|
|v.||Abbeydale G. S.||(Away), lost||0-3|
|v.||Rotherham G.S.||(Away), lost||1-2|
|v.||Carlton G.S.||(Home), won||3-2|
Scorers : Wileman 13, Blake 4, Britton 4, McAughey 3, Wesley 3, Hall 2, Nosowski 2, Ogden 1, Solway 1, Styring 1, Cockroft 1, Ellis 1.
A full season's fixtures were played despite the weather and although the results were not as encouraging as expected nevertheless the team had a fair measure of success which it deserved not so much from individualistic ability as for a combined team effort. Tym was entrusted as captain with the difficult task of marshalling a team whose complement varied almost from week to week. Several players disappeared to and reappeared from the First XI, which resulted in a continual process of rearrangement. Players were also recruited from the Third XI, among whom Brook and Roxburgh are to be thanked for creditable displays. On all occasions team spirit was good mainly due to Tym's encouragement and exhortations. In goal Taylor could always be relied upon to give a competent display, minimising the disadvantage of his height by agility and speed. Meredith, Bows, Cowling, and towards the close of the season, Hughes, occupied the Full-back positions in various combinations. At Half-back Hopkinson and Whitehouse provided regular midfield strength flanking the Centre-half, a position which Struthers alone, but temporarily, filled well. Among the forwards Grant, Hall, Wesley, Ellis, Seymour, and Britton returned notable performances on their day, the last together with Tym and Whitehouse forming a robust trio whose eagerness was not always appreciated by the oppositions' goalkeepers.
J. G. O. P., A. G. J.
|v.||Old Edwardians||(Home), lost||1-9|
|v.||Manchester G.S.||(Home), won||3-2|
|u.||De La Salle||(Home), won||6-4|
|v.||Old Edwardian||(Home), lost||2-7|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S||(Away), lost||1-7|
|v.||Mexborough G.S...||(Home), won||3-2|
|v.||Huddersfield New College||(Home), lost||1-3|
|v.||Manchester G.S. ..||(Away), lost||1-6|
|v.||Carlton G.S.||(Away), lost||2-11|
|v.||Mansfield ..||(Home), won||5-2|
|v.||High Storrs G.S. ..||(Home), lost||1-2|
|v.||Huddersfield N.C.||(Away), won||4-3|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S. ..||(Home), lost||1-2|
|v.||Grimsby Wintringham G.S.||(Away), won||3-2|
|v.||Doncaster Tech. ..||(Away), lost||1-8|
|v.||Firth Park G.S.||(Away), lost||0-6|
|v.||Barnsley G.S.||(Away), lost||1-5|
|v.||Abbeydale G.S.||(Home), lost||0-5|
|v.||Rotherham G.S.||(Home), won||2-1|
|v.||Ecclesfield G.S.||(Home), lost||2-8|
THE results this year have shown improvement on last season. The days have not returned, however, when a hard game could be given to most other school First elevens. The first three games produced resounding victories, and it was thought that a triumphant season would follow. A heavy defeat by Chesterfield made us realise that we did not possess as strong a team as we at first thought. Confidence was lost, Baldwin seemed to lose his prolific goal-scoring touch, and a succession of defeats followed. Towards the end of the season some improvement was shown and further victories were recorded. The consistent features of the season have been the strong wing half play of Roxburgh and Brook, and the terrier-like fighting inside-forward play of Sallis. The team was competently captained by Cook.
L. J. S., W. C. H.
|v.||Manchester G.S. ..||(Away), won||5-0|
|v.||Ecclesfield G.S.||(Away), won||7-5|
|v.||Owler Lane School||(Home), won||8-3|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S. ..||(Away), lost||1-6|
|v.||Marlcliffe ..||(Home), lost||1-3|
|v.||Huddersfield Amateurs ..||(Home), won||5-2|
|v.||Rowlinson ..||(Home), lost||2-4|
|v.||Marlcliffe ..||(Away), lost||1-2|
|v.||Marlcliffe ..||(Away), lost||2-4|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S. ..||(Home), lost||2-9|
|v.||Ecclesfield G.S.||(Home), won||2-1|
|v.||Doncaster Tech.||(Home), drawn||1-1|
|v.||Owler Lane School||(Away), won||6-2|
|v.||Rowlinson ..||(Away), lost||1-2|
|v.||Ecclesfield G.S.||(Away), won||1-0|
|v.||Chesterfield G.S.||(Away), lost||1-3|
Played 17, Won 7, Lost 9, Drawn 1, Goals for 46, against 52.
As the results show, with only one game lost in the twenty-two played, this has been an outstanding season with some very attractive and cultured football. The season began with a well-tried defence of Hudson, Bentley and Sheppard and a half-back line of Sleigh, Crowson and Wiggett, which played smoothly and most competently throughout the season and was the mainspring of the team's success. Their understanding and covering were exemplary. In the early games the forward line was subject to a number of changes, largely because of the lack of a natural right-winger, and a lack of power at inside-forward. It was eventually made up of Stopford, Hardwick, Batty, Padley and Bird, until Bird was injured after scoring ten goals in eight games and Johnson took his place.
In a team which has played so well together, Sleigh deserves great credit for his fine example of determination and skill, his quiet confidence and firm yet friendly control. Batty's forty goals must be noted, but he would be the first to acknowledge the help to be had from his colleagues, and it must be stressed that success this season has been the result of real teamwork.
Our one regret in such a good season is that the team failed to find its best form in the Yorkshire Grammar Schools Sevens Competition. Perhaps in the Senior Competition in a year or two they may be successful.
J. C. H., J. B. L.
Played, 22 ; Won,18 ; Drawn, 3 ; Lost, 1 ; Goals for 92, Against 32.
MEMBERS of the Under 14 Football Team can be pleased with their performance this season, for, although their playing record is not distinguished, they have at all times attempted to play constructive football and thus have been an attractive side to watch. Much of the inspiration of their football has come from Wosskow, a competent captain, who has helped to make this a happy and settled side, and he has always been ably supported. This team should meet with greater success in the future.
Won 8, Lost 10, Goals for 44, against 51.
F. D. A. B., M. F. A. E.
The following have played for the team
Wosskow, Fielding, Adams, J., Paramore, Jepson, Burgin, Shelton, Taylor, A., Hill, Kippax, Barraclough, Hunt, Ware, Warburton, Chittenden, Butler.
THIS year the Under 13 XI has won only four and drawn one of their fifteen matches played, having scored 41 goals to their opponents' 67. During the season several changes have been made to produce a well-balanced eleven which should now become stronger with more experience of inter-school football. Dunsford the captain, with 15 goals to his credit, is the leading goal-scorer, closely followed by Bums with 12.
The team has been selected from : Carr, Woodcock, Hemming, Whalley, Hayter, Tew, Tuckwood, Mottram, Elliot, Richards, Wright, Brady, Richardson, Bradbury, Burns, Dunsford, Steinman, Hodgkinson, Cowley, Ingram, Jessop, Hodgkin, Pemberton.
J. E. T., R. W. P.
A very satisfactory season has just been concluded. For the first time in our short history the back division has begun to take the initiative in scoring, and there have been several good three-quarter movements. Tackling has improved and consequently the defence has been stronger. The forwards, ably led and suitably encouraged by B. G. Stringer, have won the ball on many occasions but a speedier distribution is needed.
If there are faults, they are in lack of stamina and speed. Some games have been lost in the final quarter when weary legs have been unable to cover quickly enough. The remedy is hard training with plenty of running.
A pleasing aspect has been the number of good reserves available, which has meant an improvement in the standard of play and an assurance of a constant supply of good players.
J. E. Ashcroft, the captain, has led the team well and shown a good example to younger players by his strong running and good tackling.
With nine of the First XV returning next season, we hope to do even better. It is a pity that playing conditions at Castle Dykethe long, long trek and the icy windsdeter a number of younger boys from taking up Rugby.
D. B. H.
RESULTS : Played 15, Won 9, Lost 6, Points for 168 against 131
WE started the season slowly and suffered defeat until the second half of the Autumn Term, in which the team began to play much more together and we had a series of fine wins. Of these the Rowlinson Match was well worth seeing ; even without North who had to come off with an injured knee, we scored several times in the closing stages of the match, making victory certain. By the end of the term we were in the surprising position of having more points scored for than against.
In the Lent Term the overall picture was not as good as at the end of the previous half. The determination to win and to play together seemed to go, and the team let themselves be disheartened too quickly when a score had been made against them. Nevertheless there were times when some very good individual performances were seen. Quite a few people can tackle, run hard and have begun to think about what can be done but there seemed to be few times when enough people worked together.
The forwards worked well and much of the drive and early determination came from that quarter, Winter showing up as fast and intelligent, Jenkins very reliable in the tight tackle. Sanderson, who came in after a period of illness has worked very hard and usefully and should do very well next year. Dodd is a useful captain in the scrim, when he can be heard, and Bilson has hooked well and is useful in the loose. All at one time or another showed a tendency to " rest " when they could have been behind someone else.
The half-back positions were open for much of the year as we could find no-one who could move really fast. Timperley was very good and is to be congratulated on his selection for The South Yorkshire Under s5 XV. He was sorely missed by us during his several games with that side.
We lacked a fullback who could stop people for some of the time, but Couldwell began to play for us and can tackle well : the bouncing ball baffled him at times.
Next year there should be some useful material with a chance of the First Team, and this year's Third Formers should look forward to taking a positive lead to develop a winning Under Fifteen XV.
Played 11, Won 3, Lost 8, Points for 95, against 158.
A. H. W., D. R.
FIGURESSome of the forwards. Played 10 matches. Won 3. Drawn 1. Lost 6. Points for, 64; against 118. Weight of scrum 9. 125 cwts.
SOME IMPRESSIONSEnthusiasm. The variation in size and speed of our team. The increasing size of opponents as the season went on. Castle Dyke on a cold, wet, windy afternoon, the day when Mount St. Mary's were beaten. The hole left in Jordanthorpe mud by Winter when he scored. The dogged play of the forwards which held Wakefield. The ability of the backs to run hard, combine and develop movements, strikingly evident in some games, but a resource which was not called on so fully as it should have been. Our faithful spectators and supporters.
AN ASSESSMENTPromise, particularly from individuals and, from the team as a whole on certain occasions. But on other occasions weaknesses in defence and a lack of punch in the attack. A need for all to make an intelligent use of opportunities. It is not enough to wait for openings, these have to be made and a clever player will create his chances and exploit his opponents' weaknesses.
THANKSTo Messrs. Braunholtz, Adam and Earle for coaching. To our faithful band of supporters who have given much needed encouragement and who have braved the worst of weathers to do so.
T. G. C.
AN unusual, but pleasing fact emerging from the 1961-2 season was the constant composition of the senior team. For the first match the team sheet read :Dowling, Gregory, Gunson, Hughes, Laming, Mingay, Ogley, Rees. For the last match there was only one change, Skidmore for Gunson. By being together a healthy rivalry has built up during the season and no fewer than six people have been first home for the school. It has been the equality of the team members, making for excellent packing, that has produced the good results of the season.
The senior team must surely be one of the youngest that has represented the school, at least three under 16 boys running regularly. Against Leeds, in fact, there were two fourth formers and three fifth formers in the eight.
After two defeats at the start of the season the results have been better than expected. Of the four matches cancelled, because of gales, snow and a missing team, we would almost certainly have won three and we would definitely have beaten Carlton G.S. with a full strength team.
Mingay has been ever present this season, a loyal and valuable team member who could be relied upon to come well up. His long crosscountry service has finally come to an end and the school is sure to miss him. Ogley and Laming, starting the season in the "fill-in" positions, have improved continually and finished as two of the strongest team members. Rees has been the most consistent runner, being first school man home in half the season's races and Hughes has again backed him up extremely well. Skidmore shocked everyone by winning the senior race against Roundhay G.S. In December and Gunson and Gregory must, I think, be the best number 7's or 8's for a long time.
The under 16 team, despite having to run every match under strength because of first team calls, has a good record and has been well served by Gregory, Cawthorne, Woodhouse and Butcher. Hollands and Salvin have provided most support for them. The Under 14 team, though well led by Pringle, has been the least successful of the school cross-country teams. Hempshall has tried hard for it throughout the season and has the enthusiasm to develop into a useful under 16 runner.
Although it won all its " straight fights," the under 15 team failed to retain the Atkin Cup at Graves Park and Skidmore narrowly missed being the individual winner. His second place won him a Yorkshire trial but his hopes of representing Yorkshire were dashed when his compulsory small-pox injection interrupted his training for nearly a month.
An improvement on the past few years was made in the Northern Schools Championship at Lyme Park, Disley. Individuals to be congratulated are Paramore, a school footballer, 24th in the Colts race, Hughes 31st and Skidmore 38th in the junior race and Ogley and Laming of the the Seniors who won Roses badges by being among the first twenty Yorkshiremen home.
The only Sheffield team to beat K.E.S. was Woodhouse seniors but there were only two points between us at Bakewell in the North Midland Championship.
The future of cross-country at the school looks bright, for Rees, Hughes, Skidmore, Gregory, and Cawthorne, all with first team experience, should still be here in two years' time, and backed by Woodhouse and Butcher, perhaps King Edwards will at last win the North Midland cup.
Finally, I must thank Mr. German on behalf of all runners for the work he has put in during the season. It is very difficult to be the only master in charge of three school teams and it helps cross-country teams to have a master training with them. I must also thank Mr. Green for helping out in the two championships and all the runners who have made this a happy and successful season.
A. R. D.
Dowling has proved a capable and efficient captain and a constant source of encouragement to the team. He has been in no small measure responsible for their success.
R. C. G.
Regular members of the teams were:
Seniors : Dowling, Mingay, Rees, Ogley, Hughes, Laming, Gregory, Gunson, Skidmore, Cawthorne.
Under-16 : Woodhouse, Hollands, Gregory, Salvin, Cawthorne, Butcher, Siddall.
Under-15 : Woodhouse, Butcher, Skidmore, Pringle, Salvin.
Under-14 : Pringle, Willner, Hempshall, Roberts, Taylor, Beighton, Bradbury, Nortcliff.
v. Woodhouse G. S. (H.)Lost 55-25
v. Huddersfield N. C. (A.)Lost 43-37
v. De La Salle C. (H.)Won 26-56
v. Leeds G.S. (A.)Won 32-48
v. High Storrs G.S. (A.)Won 33-51
v. Ecclesfield G.S. (A.)Won 8-r6
v. Rotherham G.S. (H.)Won 27-57
v. High Storrs G.S. And Manchester G.S. (H.) K.E.S., 49 ; M., 49 ; H.S., 84
v. Woodhouse G.S. (A.)Lost 50-28
v. High Storrs G.S. (H.)Won 27-59
v. Sheffield University (H.)Lost 51-29
v. Roundhay G.S.Won 23-57
v. Huddersfield N. C.Won 36-46
v. De La Salle and Firth Park G.S. (A.)K.E.S., 22 ; F.P., 29 : D.L.S., 3
v. Doncaster T.S. (A.)Won 12-32
v. William Hulme G.S. And Stand G.S. (A.)S., 38 K.E.S., 59 : W.H., 80
v. Roundhay G. S. (A.)Lost 44-34
v. Abbeydale G.S. (A.)Won 21-36
v. Woodhouse (A.) and (B.), Ecclesfield and City G.S.W. (A.), 41 ; K.E.S., 59; E., 112; W.(B.), 140; C 174
v. Carlton G.S.Lost 19-18
Northern Schools C.C. Champ.Sen. 18th/88 schools, Under-16 23rd/105 Under-14 39th/93
Senior ChampionsStand G.S.
North Midlands C.C. Champ.Seniors 4th out of 20 schools.
Under-16Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3, Under-15Played 5 Won 5, Lost 0 Under-14Played 8, Won 2, Lost 6.
BADMINTON has been popular this season ; the club has had more than fifty members, and no lunchtime has passed with the court empty. Stringer easily won the singles competition, beating Matthews 15-3, 15-2 in the final.
The team was eventually resolved as Stringer (captain) and Wesley, Ashcroft and Brown, Dennis and Matthews, with Carroll and Ainsworth in reserve. Only two members had had match experience at the beginning of the season, but continued practice did not bring the improvement hoped for, and only three of the fourteen matches were won. In some of the more dismal performances our full potential was surely not realised ; perhaps mental discipline and concentration were lacking.
The team would like to thank all members of Staff who unselfishly gave up evenings, usually to see their team lose, and especially Mr. Sinclair, whose encouragement and advice have been very valuable.
|v.||City Grammar School||(Home), lost||7-2|
|v.||High Storrs||(Home), won||6-3|
|v.||Roundhay School||(Home), lost||7-2|
|v.||The Staff||(Home), lost||6-3|
|v.||Owler Lane||(Home), won||5-4|
|v.||Owler Lane||(Away), lost||5-4|
|v.||City Grammar School||(Away), lost||7-2|
|v.||The Staff||(Home), lost||7-2|
|v.||Bents Green||(Home), lost||6-3|
|v.||Ranmoor||(Home), draw||(match not completed).|
|v.||Firth Park||(Away), won||6-3|
|v.||Bents Green||(Away), lost||7-2|
|v.||Roundhay School .||(Home), lost||7-2|
THIS season's football has been notable for the success of the seniors and juniors. In the knockout competition, the senior XI, having defeated Welbeck in the first round, were beaten by a far stronger team. The seven-a-side competitions were far more profitable ; the knockout seven convincingly won the trophy, while the League seven narrowly beat Welbeck on points average to gain first place. The second-formers have also had a successful season, for the football team gained second place in the League. The Middle School team however, have had a disappointing season ; much greater effort is needed from this section of the House.
The rugby sevens team, although favourites for the final, were knocked out in the second round by Haddon, after beating Wentworth in the first round. The water polo team won the league in convincing style.
The second-formers ran well to win the cross-country championship, while both the Middle School and First Form teams came second, the latter beaten by only two points.
We congratulate Matthews, who was awarded an open scholarship in Natural Sciences at Merton College, Oxford ; R. Mingay on his open scholarship in Social Studies at Trinity, Oxford ; and our amiable and modest Vice-Captain, Baldwin, on his Exhibition in English and Economics at Nottingham. To both Mingay and Baldwin we must say goodbye and extend our warm good wishes for their future.
THE mainstay of House success is still the Middle School, who this year won the football league, and who also seem to be showing an example to the rest of the House in athletics. The Juniors also, after a disastrous football season, did well to win their Cross-Country Championship.
The Senior School have with ease maintained the standard of the last few years, being successful in the academic field but not having the same success in sport. All the same, a creditable performance was put forward by most members of the House and perhaps the House competitions as a whole will improve in quality when the recently introduced systems which have improved the running of School Games become more familiar.
So far this year Clumber has been unfortunate, especially on the football field. The senior team played well in the knockout, but lost in the final 4-1. McAughey showed himself to be a very able captain, and with Ogden was a regular member of the First XI. It was the second year who provided the most spectacular game of the season when they beat Chatsworth 16-1 in the junior League, finishing second in the table. Soccer has never been the House's strongest game, and this year has been no exception, probably because all three teams have had to rely on individual rather than team effort.
Clumber's fine water-polo record also ended last term. The team played as well as could be expected with only three of last year's players remaining. All the players tried hard, and an excellent team spirit pervaded. But this year experience proved vital in the Championship, and the House did well to finish fourth.
The second year again showed its prowess in the junior Cross-Country Championship finishing second, and with better packing could do well next year. There certainly seems to be a great deal of enthusiasm in this section of the House; it is sad to reflect that this is singularly lacking amongst other forms. The seniors could definitely make a greater contribution, even if it were only singing with more readiness in House prayers. Our thanks go to Mr. Knowles for playing the harmonium, which has made the weekly House meetings more complete, and also to McAughey who captained the House cheerfully despite the general lack of response.
BOTH academically and in our sporting activities we have had some notable successes this year. Unfortunately the praise, for the most part, is due entirely to the efforts of a few and if the swimming sports endorse this point, we shall know that once again the apathetic attitude of the hoi polloi is unchanged.
The second year soccer XI won the league with ease, having scored some fifty two goals in seven matches and only conceding two goals, the most prolific goalscorer being Steinmann who accounted for nearly half the total. The Middle School has proved to be extremely weak in all that it has attempted this year, and has failed completely to add anything to the House's otherwise reasonable sporting record. It is to be hoped that this is not a permanent feature of this age group. Victory in the water polo league evaded the house through a last minute goal by Arundel in the final match. There has been no senior league this year and the seven-a-side league cannot be regarded as a fair assessment of the House's abilities because at no one time could a full first team be fielded owing to the commitments of boys to various school teams.
Finally we welcome Mr. R. A. Braunholtz to the House and also Mr. J. S. Anderson, who replaces Dr. Wightman.
IT was a culmination of contrasting factors which led to Lynwood's unprecedented success in the Middle School Cross-Country Championship. A record score of seventy points resulted from an unusually intense, combined effort by the Middle School. The Royal College of Physicians Report is said to have increased the fitness of some members.
Whereas recent success in the House was due largely to individual effort, it now seems that work as a team will be equally valuable in the future. This was reflected in the reliable performance of all the football teams. Cross-country flourished in the junior School also, and fourth place was not a fair indication of the team's usual strength. We are pleased to see the promising effort of the First Form members, especially P. A. Gregory, whom we congratulate on winning the Championship.
In the face of injury, almost certain defeat in the first round, and a Castle Dyke blizzard, the Senior Rugby Seven reached the final of the tournament, but were then unable successfully to oppose the weight of Haddon's attack.
ONCE again the House has had a very mediocre season in sport. The only success we can record is that of the Middle School seven-a-side soccer competition. They are to be congratulated on a very good effort, despite the fact that they are by no means an " all-star " team. The other teams have not fared so well and we must hope for better performances in the future. The Rugby "Sevens" were also disappointing, the only redeeming feature being that the Middle School seven lost to the eventual winners, Welbeck. The House has lacked good swimmers for quite a long time now, and this is well emphasised by our position in the water-polo league. The cross-country championships of the lower school were, on the whole, undistinguished, but the first-form were third in their event. This being the only house event for them, it is encouraging, and suggests that we may have talent for the future. Overall, it has been a very disappointing season, and we must hope for some redemption in the Athletic Sports and cricket in the Summer.
THE school year for Welbeck began in a pattern which seems likely to continue unless a revolution occurs. The house finished 5th in the water-polo league and the knockout eleven was crushed by Arundel, in the first round.
Welbeck was placed 7th in the 2nd year football league and 2nd in the middle school league. In a desperate bid for fame, the senior seven-a-side team had to be content with a close 2nd place in their league.
House cross-country championships were ill-fated, the middle school finishing 3rd and the first year 7th. Welbeck and the second year cup parted company when the house was placed 6th despite Bradbury's effort in winning the race.
Honour finally reached Welbeck when we won the middle school Rugby Sevens competition. More victories and fewer mediocre results are desired next term.
We congratulate those members of Welbeck who have achieved academic success and thank our house tutors and various officers for their services.
So far this year Wentworth has not been particularly successful in contrast with last season's successes. We hope we will shine in the cricket season. Our performances in football in all sections of the house have been miserable ; one wonders whether some players take a delight in 10-0 defeats.
Our cross-country results have been quite satisfactory and the first and second forms show promise ; L. M. Jenkins came second in the first year championship. The water-polo team again suffers from lack of encouraging support. They rallied towards the end of the season, coming sixth in the league.
We say good-bye to those who are leaving and wish them success in the future.
ALTHOUGH Hilary Terms in Oxford are usually marked by rain and inundated football pitches, this last term provided us with some surprisingly equable weather. It was, therefore, much to our alarm that we heard how Sheffield had been hit by a hurricane. Mr. Hemming was the harbinger of the ill tidings, coming the following day to the Seventh Club Dinner, at which Mr. Henry and the Head Prefect were his fellow guests. The evening was marked by a lively speech from the Head Prefect, by Mr. Hemming's quotations from the Staff Room's book of schoolboy howlers, and Mr. Henry's entertaining analysis of what K.E.S. and Sheffield meant to him.
This season has brought the School more representative honours in soccer than any other season in the writers' memory. Mr. Parker is to be congratulated on his election as Secretary of the Centaurs for next season, and Messrs. Nosowski, Bows and Bennett have played for this team on various occasions, while Mr. Needham has played for the University. The Queen's Soccer Club has fallen into the hands of Old Edwardians, but a fatherly eye will be kept on their activities by Mr. Lodge who was elected President of Queen's Junior Common Room.
As expected Mr. Smith made his maiden speech at the Uniona good one toobut that other argumentative O.E. Mr. Williams, apparently got diverted in the wilds of Trinity. Societies are liberally sprinkled with earnest spiritsone fearless freshman at Queen's is rumoured to be running the Astronomical Society, and to be forming others ! As an example of Yorkshire canniness, the Film Society is well patronised.
The Proctors' unhappy lot has been rendered even more hazardous by the appearance of Severners' " illicit " motor vehicles. Mr. Patrick seems to have deserted his running for a more comfortable mode of locomotion, and Mr. Anderson has decided that he can navigate more than just himself home from the local.
Another trouble spot for the "props " has always been " Cherwell," the students' weekly propaganda issue. Even after the departure of Mr. Vere, Messrs. Robinson and Laughton have maintained a K.E.S. interest in the paper. Mr. Robinson, who looks increasingly like a latter day Bertrand Russell, set a new record for the number of fines imposed upon an editor, and Mr. Laughton, " our cheerful sports correspondent," will soon be in a position to rival this feat.
" Theramenes " and " Septimus."